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Rhythms Program

The Rhythms Program is a cooperative effort between the Waisman Center and Dane County Human Services to further enhance the lives of individuals who experience complex sensory and movement differences and those who support them.  The program serves a specifically identified group of focus individuals by working directly with them and their teams to gain a deeper understanding of how they experience the world, then to develop the accommodations and supports that allow them to have greater access to their own gifts and talents and to participate more meaningfully in their lives.  The program employs a creative combination of approaches to support the well-being of the individuals and their teams, including regulation (for the body and the mind – through sensory integration, yoga, mindfulness, affirmations, exercise, dance, etc.), augmentative communication supports (high tech-like iPads and low tech visual systems), time designs of days, and focusing on everyone’s strengths and interests.  The Rhythms Program also facilitates a monthly learning group and offers other system wide training on these approaches.

Mindfully Moving/Yoga Group

This group is for focus individuals in the Rhythms Program and others who experience sensory and movement differences and are supported by participants of the Rhythms Program Learning Group.

Fall/Winter Session Begins November 15, 2017

Mindfully Moving/Yoga Group Application Fall/Winter 2017

Practices in Mindfulness

This group will offer an opportunity to learn and practice mindfulness activities that can help you relax, be more alert, focus more, increase body awareness, manage stress and have fun.


All persons who are referred to a Waisman Center Community TIES Program including Crisis Response, must be informed of the “Notice of Privacy Practices” and must complete a “NPP Acknowledgement Form” per HIPAA guidelines.

For more information and to access these forms, please go to the University of Wisconsin HIPAA website.

Information and Application Form

Release Form

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